Deputy Director at Oregon Coast Visitors Association
Arica Sears was raised in the hand-me-down wetsuits, life jackets, and rubber boots of her two brothers and the waters of the Nestucca River on the Oregon Coast. Her International Studies degree paved the way for her to research the effects of globalization in Peru on indigenous communities, count by-catch on the Ecuadorian coast, teach English in Spain & France and document Oregon timber industry practices on the coastal mountain range.
Arica currently works for the Oregon Coast Visitors Association as the Deputy Director for all 363 miles of Oregon coastline. She works with land management agencies, local businesses, nonprofits, government entities, and citizens to inspire travel and strengthen collaboration to create and steward a sustainable coastal economy. In her free time she is the host of the Big Tourism Podcast on the American Shoreline Podcast Network, connecting with tourism professionals worldwide.
Arica shared her views on Climate Action in Tourism in our panel article tackling the question: „What are some of the examples of impactful climate action in tourism you've seen or been involved in?“